7 JULY, SUNDAY 5 pm
Gardens of the former Clarissian Convent
Duo akordeoON & saxofONA
Štěpánka Šediváková - saxophone
Filip Kratochvíl - accordion
Duo saxofON & akordeON play two modern instruments in the spirit of classical music.
Following its establishment in 2016 at the Prague Conservatory, the duo, made up of the saxophonist Štěpánka Šediváková and the accordionist Filip Kratochvíl, came second at an international music competition in Prague, following which they have become of the most distinguished Czech student chamber ensembles of the present time.
The two instruments are not commonly heard in classical music, rather being connected with other genres – the saxophone being typical of jazz, the accordion regularly employed in of folk and world music. This has naturally influenced the duo’s repertoire, which, however, in addition to original pieces for saxophone and accordion, also encompasses works inspired by other styles, straddling classical music and world music, jazz and Argentine tango.
Štěpánka Šediváková (b. 1997)
After studying the recorder and saxophone at the Adolf Voborský Primary Arts School (with Milan Arner), Štěpánka Šediváková enrolled at the Prague Conservatory, from which she graduated under the tutelage of Pavel Fiedler. Moreover, she has attended master classes in Ostrava, led by Pawel Gusnar and Philippe Portejoie, and international courses in Bratislava and Vienna, led by Arno Bornkamp. In 2010, she participated in a concert tour and an international music competition in Italy. In 2013, she came first in the saxophone category in Zheleznogorsk, Russia. At the Pardubice Winds competition, she has received a commendation (2016) and third prize (2017). Štěpánka Šediváková concluded her studies with a graduation concert, accompanied by the Prague Conservatory Symphony Orchestra.
Filip Kratochvíl (b. 1996)
Born in Kladno into a family of musicians, Filip Kratochvíl received his initial training at the local Primary Art School from Pavel Tomáško, who gave him piano lessons. At the age of 15, he began studying the accordion with Ladislav Kníže. Two years later, he won third prize at the nationwide primary school competition. He is currently studying at the Prague Conservatory, in the class of Josef Hřebík. The most noteworthy of the accolades he has garnered include prizes at international competitions (second prizes in Ostrava and Trossingen, Germany, third prize in Alcobaça, Portugal). Filip Kratochvíl he has appeared as a soloist at concerts opposite the Kladno String Orchestra, and has also performed with the Conservatory Modern ensemble. Furthermore, he has collaborated with the State Opera Orchestra in Prague and participated in a number of recordings of film scores. In addition to pursuing musical activities, he is studying psychology at Charles University.